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Interesting Facts about Arkansas

Arkansas Fun Facts, Funny Laws & Other Silly Stuff

Interesting facts about Arkansas interest you? Here you will find lots of Arkansas fun facts, along with silly laws about the state perfect for reading aloud, or in your road trip planning.

In June of 1836 the United States opened its arms and brought Arkansas into statehood. Are your appetites wet for more interesting facts about Arkansas?

How about this one: Maya Angelou was known to spin her poems in Arkansas and Johnny Cash was born here as well. There are lots of Arkansas fun facts to be discovered below, but of course we have to enrich your brain with some inspiring yet very interesting facts about Arkansas while we go.

Interesting Facts about Arkansas

Some of these Arkansas fun facts are just here to make you smile while others will enrich your road trip planning. Dig in and see what hits your funny bone...

interesting-facts-about-arkansas-01; state outline Proper Pronunciation Please
Everyone who visits the state or just drives through it must know this very simple fact: you pronounce the state name "Arkansaw".

If you spell it wrong you are actually committing a crime, so start practicing right now.

Diamond Country
In 1924, a 40.23 carat white diamond was discovered near Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

To date, this is the largest diamond to be discovered in the U.S. How many fingers do you think it would take to hold up that wedding ring?

Uncharted Territory
Over half of the land in Arkansas is covered by the forest. It should be too difficult to find a cozy house in the trees in this state. Let's just say big city life isn't going to happen if you move out here.

Interesting Facts about Arkansas

State Name: ARKANSAS

State Abbreviation: AR

State Capital: Little Rock

Largest City: Little Rock

State population: 2,889,450

Population Rank: #32/50

Area/Size: 52,075 square miles

Area/Size Rank: #27/50

Date became a State: June 15, 1836

Number accepted into the Union: #25/50

Residents are called: Arkansan

Home of Wal-Mart
One thing of the big city that you will find in Arkansas is Wal-Mart.

Sam Walton brought this mega store into the world right in the heart of Arkansas.

Yes, you can thank good old Sam for bringing you all of those mark downs clearance specials, not to mention, a free camping space for the night.

Farming Gems
John M. Huddleston was a poor Arizona farmer many moons ago.

He struggled to survive in the rough land of AZ for many years, but you shouldn't feel too sorry for him.

Just before he closed his struggling farm he discovered a diamond mine on his property.

It was the only diamond mine on this continent. How's that for a rags-to-riches story?

Love Thy Neighbor
Here's another little story to warm your heart. It's about the Chickasaw and Quapaw Indians during the battle of Chickasaw. In the heat of the battle the Chickasaw Indians ran out of ammunition so the very generous Quapaw Indians split what ammunition they had left with their opponents. They then proceeded to fight to the death.

Little River Lights
If you are one of the lucky December visitors to Arkansas, make sure to stop off at the Little River County Courthouse. They may not have a famous murder trial bringing swarms of celebrity reporters, but they do have a spectacular Christmas light display.

Got Milk?
Arkansas residents must have the strongest bones in the nation. In 1985, milk was declared the beverage of the state. Why not drink down a glass then take a picture of yourself by the state's welcome sign...milk mustache and all? It could be the best family portrait ever taken.

Fryer Heaven
Go to Arkansas in May and you can enjoy the unique creation of Bernell "Fatman" Austin: fried dill pickles.

Large pickles are sliced then breaded and fried in the version you find today at the Atkins Picklefest, but the treat started out as breaded hamburger slices. Every state has to be known for something, right?

State Stuff
No matter where you go in Arkansas, you are completely surrounded. You might as well freeze in your tracks, put your hands in the air, and beg for mercy. This state is bordered by six different states, so there is no way to turn: Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Louisiana.

That should be enough interesting facts about Arkansas to tide you over for a while, but now it's time for dessert on your road trip planning. We have more great Arkansas fun facts to follow if you like silly laws.

Arkansas Fun Facts - Silly Arkansas Laws

You don't like the smell of prison so be very aware of these downright crazy laws still on the books in Arkansas...

interesting-facts-about-arkansas-02; state name Blue Light Patrol
Fish tanks look great with the fun glow of blue light bulbs, but the fish will have to survive with white light in Arkansas.

Blue light bulbs are illegal in this state.

Hairy Education
The bob is a very cute look for women of all ages, but it won't earn you a raise in Arkansas. Teachers who sport this look are deemed ineligible for a raise. No wonder schools are struggling to keep the best teachers these days!

Dang Those Unions!
Take down the mistletoe and hang this sign before every doorway at the Arkansas State University: No Hand Holding Permitted. At this university, only union members are permitted to hold hands while standing in a doorway.

Gator Bather
You love your pet alligator, but in the state of Arkansas you'll have to find a good swamp for him to bathe in. This state just won't allow alligators to live in your bathtub. Darn!

Arkansas Fun Facts

State Motto: The People Rule
State Nickname: Land of Opportunity and The Natural State
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Tree: Pine
Speedy Voting
Voters better get familiar with the ballot before walking in to vote because Arkansas law only permits five minutes per voter.

Ah, so that's what the timer in the back of every voting booth is for!

Yes, we have come to the end of the Arkansas fun facts, but don't start crying just yet.

There is still some information about this state you might find entertaining while your road trip planning.

Arkansas is Known For...

There are many interesting facts about Arkansas regarding the weather that could have been thrown in here. While deep fried dill pickles are a creation worth mentioning, Arkansas is better known for its extreme weather patterns. This state is located in the area often called "tornado alley" and gets hammered with many vicious thunderstorms and lots of pounding hail. Don't let the awning down on the RV just yet!

Of course, Mother Nature has also blessed the state with beautiful landscape to be enjoyed by all. Now it's time to say goodbye and close these interesting facts about Arkansas until your next road trip planning. Tootles!
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